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Curious Blackman: Memorable Images and the Stories that Inspired Them

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Curious Blackman features key works from Blackman’s Schoolgirl series including Prone Schoolgirl (1953) and Schoolgirls in Laneway (1953).  Blackman’s interest in the dark underside of childhood arose after learning of the Gun Alley Murder of 1921.  The victim was Alma Tirtschke, a Hawthorn schoolgirl who was raped and strangled while in Melbourne shopping for her aunty. The girl’s naked body was discovered in Gun Alley, near the drinking establishment, the Australian Wine Saloon off Little Collins Street, on December 31, 1921. The murder caused a sensation. The Crown case was that Colin Campbell Ross the 28 year old owner of the...

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'Curious Blackman!' - Revisiting the Mind of Charles Blackman

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Curious Blackman is a celebration of art hero and eternal romantic, Charles Blackman.  Spanning through his masterful Alice and Schoolgirl series, this collection is a curation of fourteen big, fine quality art prints from Charles Blackman Editions. Equal parts iconic and eye-catching, each print plays testament to the stories and sharply inquisitive mind behind them.    Curious Blackman features key works from Blackman’s Schoolgirl series.  The Schoolgirl series struck Blackman after he learnt of schoolgirl Alma Tirtschke’s death in 1921.  Alma was found raped and murdered behind a Melbourne wine saloon.   Struck by this collision of innocence and sin,...

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The Bold and the Bright: Hot Art by Cool Artists

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As the heat rolls in, seek shade in works by the coolest Australian artists.  With pieces by Jasper Knight, Adam Cullen, Charles Blackman, Nigel Sense and Philippe Le Miere The Bold and the Bright is a kaleidoscope of refreshing art.       In his works, the jovial Adam Cullen gives Australiana a new twist.  Growler I (orange) sees a wild-eyed sheep dog melt under an orange backdrop, while in Smoking Gun Cullen pitches Ned Kelly as a cowboy of the wild west.  This playfulness carries through to up and coming Philippe Le Miere, who pokes at pop culture.  Leaving...

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Collector Opportunity - Rare John Olsen Graphics

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John Olsen is one of the most sought-after Australian artists still producing work today. Our current collection is an outstanding opportunity to acquire an incredibly rare, original etching by this legendary Australian artist known for his cheeky, gregarious and intelligent depictions of Australian life that exemplify a deep appreciation for and awareness of the Australian mood. The works on offer are one-of-a kind, Bon A Tirer editioned prints that occupy a unique place within the renowned artist's oeuvre. A Bon A Tirer (French for 'good to pull') is a print proof that is signed by the artist as the proof that meets...

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Five Questions about Eddie Botha

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Eddie gives us an interesting insight into his practice, thoughts and feelings about people and the world... 1) Who are you and how do you identify as an artist?I’m a highly emotional, sensitive and multicultural-minded dreamer, comedian, amateur philologist, nature lover and activist that uses drawings to express myself. My search for cultural identity and sincere friendships leads me to examine interactions deeply. The best way I can express my extreme emotions and philosophies about life is through expressive drawings, using style street-gallery style impressions that consist of layering and complexity. I identify with artists who broke out of the norm,...

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